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Salmon is significant to Northwest Coast people because they have depended on and continue to depend on Salmon to survive. It is the main food source to many people living on the Northwest coast and is a symbol of prosperity, steadfastness and dependability. Salmon represents determination, intuition and respect for tradition.
Tsimshian native artist Bill Helin enjoys a very rewarding career as a creative gold engraver, painter, woodcarver, and book illustrator. He loves to paint mythological images to educate people on the history of the Tsimshian nation and the many stories passed down through his ancestors. His greatest passion however is to spiritually represent and bond individuals together through the use of native Life Crest symbols. The art of Bill Helin is reproduced in collaboration with the artist and royalties are paid to the artist on each item sold.